CES 2019: This In-Ear Wearable Translator Breaks Down the Language Barrier

WT2 wearable translator

Language is very important for communication. Hearing a different language may sound beautiful in your ears, but at the same time it’s meaningless if you do not know that language. Your vacation to an exotic country would become more enjoyable if you knew the language of that land.

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Shenzhen, China & Pasadena, CA-based startup Timekettle has developed WT2 translator – an in-ear translator for real-time, natural and hands-free communication.

Called the WT2 Plus, the device is meant to be worn by 2 people, so they can talk freely and naturally while speaking in different languages. The device fits in the user’s ear, and translates their speech into more than 20 languages.

At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week the company showcased the US $219 pair of buds, which are designed to connect to a single Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth. Once languages are selected via the smartphone app, the earbuds allow for completely hands-free two-way conversations, reports The Sunday Morning Herald.

A third “Speaker” mode allows one person to wear an earbud while the other person interacts with their smartphone. This allows the other person to both see and hear translations, as well as reply using the phone’s built-in microphone.

WT2 wearable translator

The earbuds offer a 3-hour battery life, with the supplied carry case able to fully recharge them twice.

The device is ideal for travel enthusiasts, expats, international shops, homestay students, cross-cultural families, hotels and others in between.

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Our CEO Christian Stammel will attend CES 2019 and will give the perfect sneak peek on what will be awaiting you at the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference EUROPE 2019, which will give you a deep dive into the current momentum of the wearable market and how you can turn the previous hype into mass volume. Our 33rd edition of the WT Conference will be bigger than ever with more than 1.500 m2 floor space and over 80.000 visitors from WT and ISPO integrated into the brand new innovation hall C6 of the Munich Tradeshow. More than 60 high-level speakers coming from Bayer, BMW, Casio, Gore, Microsoft, and STMicroelectronics will give you latest insights in their applications and digitalization strategies via IoT and WT solutions and drive your business development. In the afternoon of the first day, you will get also the chance to be connected to 30 future stars of our ecosystem via our annual IOT/WT INNOVATION WORLD CUP® pitch and award ceremony.

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